Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has refused to take part in a preliminary hearing of the District Court of Kharkiv on the case of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) on April 19, referring to the bad health conditions, reads a statement posted on the official website of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine.

“Enjoying my rights under the Criminal Procedure Code, I beg to hold a preliminary hearing on the above case in my absence, due to severe state of my health," reads the message.

On Tuesday, the first deputy leader of the opposition Batkivshchyna Party Oleksandr Turchynov said the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko may be taken to trial only on a wheelchair because she can not move independently.

Commenting on the situation Party of Regions MP Vadym Kolesnikov said that Tymoshenko simply wants to avoid court hearings with the help of a sick leave. But, according to him, unbiased look at the situation proves "gaps" in such line of defense.

"After 10-kilometer jogging Tymoshenko was telling about half a year ago and huge hills she was wearing in Kyiv detention facility it is hard to believe that this person has sick back and cannot move independently. At the same time the penitentiary service and prosecutor's office have created all conditions for her recovery, which a regular prisoner can only dream about," the politician pointed.
"At the same time, if we take into account the legal arguments, excluding the political ones, the participation of Yulia Tymoshenko in the hearings is not obligatory. The trial will happen with or without her," he added.

"Then why do Tymoshenko's lawyers insist on the health issue, when they understand the full senseless of their efforts? Probably then know that their defense line is weak from the legal point of view and in such a way they just want to distract attention, trying to create if not political, then at least grassroots scandal," the MP summed up.

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